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The Ragged Trousers, Tunbridge Wells

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44 The Pantiles
Tunbridge Wells
Phone: 01892542715

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Ragged Trousers

Housed in one of the historic ardcaded buildings on the north side of the Pantiles, this doesn't obviously look like a pub - it could equally be mistaken for a café or a tea shop. However, once inside you find a compact single bar with plain wooden furniture and walls painted in dark and light shades of green. There are also several large artworks on the walls, completing a bistro-style appearance. Plenty of small tables out on the wide pavement plus a tiny rear patio. Now has four handpumps, with two beers from Larkins - Traditional and the excellent Porter (£4.10) - Long Man Long Blonde and Rooster's Old Faithful available on this visit. Overall, with its efficent staff and friendly atmosphere, this is a pretty good place to stop for a pint.

On 1st January 2018 - rating: 8
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Mark Davey left this review about The Ragged Trousers

Strange pub with a very closed feel late on a Saturday afternoon. The lights were dim and all of the chairs were stacked on the tables. This probably explained why most of the punters were drinking outside, but it did make the place look unwelcoming. We stopped for a half and left. OK for a crawl stop, but not really a destination pub.

On 18th July 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Ragged Trousers

I entered in a tentative state of mind, unsure as to what lies within but I found myself in a pleasant space that probably attracts a younger crowd later on but as fine as it gets late afternoon. A slightly L-shaped boarded room, side wall bar, scrubbed tables, beamed but not low ceiling, stucco style roughcast walls. Decor included various bits of wacky modern art, photos of unknown provenance, more traditionally framed cigarette cards plus some local scenes. Shelves of board games. There were a few hipster types in but the bobble hatted and tattooed barmaid was friendly and competent serving up a decent full measure of Gun Brewery Pale Ale, other options were Long Man Long Blonde, Larkin's Traditional plus a Seacider cider. Another plastic keg behind the bar contained Kentish Pip cider.
They do food and it probably is important here, steaks, venison, wild boar burgers, homemade soup, cassoulet all listed on a board.
A very pleasant place indeed certainly on a winter's afternoon, it may be different later or in the tourist season.

On 26th February 2016 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Ragged Trousers

The Ragged Trousers is a gastro bar in the touristy Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells. They have gone for the worn dark wooden interior that is ever so common in London, but I’ve never been a fan of it as it is not the most comfortable. Like the other bars along this stretch there are café tables out the front and food is served with the mains coming in at around the £10 mark. Golden Ticket, Larkins Brewery Traditional ale and FILO Brewery’s Ginger Tom were available from the three hand pumps and Hoegarden was also available alongside a standard draught range. I didn’t spot any TVs, but there was some jazz music playing in the background.

The service was very friendly, but this isn’t my sort of place as I’m more likely to be spotted in the more traditional Duke of York over the way.

On 15th October 2011 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about The Ragged Trousers

The Ragged Troousers advertises itself as a Bar and Grill which would usually be enough to make me steer a wide berth but this plain and simple pub, grill, bar, whatever is certainly worth sticking your nose into even if the image doesn’t immediately win you over.

Situated half way along the historic Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells, most visitors to town will inevitably find themselves walking past at some stage and its prime location makes it extremely popular so expect the place to be quite crowded. The interior has a quite trendy approach with a bit of a bohemian feel but isn’t without a certain element of charm with scrubbed tables, bare floors, grey walls, modern artwork (for sale) and, it must be said, a few tatty edges with peeling paintwork in places.

There are seats outside on the Pantiles where you can watch the world go by or if you’re (un)lucky, catch some entertainment from the stage opposite (a pretty ropey Elvis impersonator on my visit). There is also a tiny rear patio with an exit up some stairs to the road behind. Fortunately the music in the pub was far superior to that on the street.

There were 3 ales including Doom Bar, Ringwood Old Thumper and Larkins Traditional alongside a range of top end lagers and continental draught beers. Prices weren’t too bad given the area and type of pub this is. The food however did seem quite pricey with main courses around the £9/10 mark.

I don’t know Tunbridge Wells’ pubs enough to know how this place sits with the others in town but it provided a couple of decent beers and I’d be happy to return for a future visit even though it’s not really my kind of place.

On 19th April 2011 - rating: 7
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Philip Dhont left this review about The Ragged Trousers

in my opinion the best pub in tunbridge wells. extremely friendly staff, good food and drinks. every time we are in tunbridge wells, we just need to get in for a drink or a meal. and our 3 year old son is hopelessly addicted to one of the waitresses, this always provides some charming moments :-)

On 11th October 2010 - rating: 10
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Ragged Trousers

This is a small single room pub housed in a nice historic building in the touristy Pantiles part of town. Whilst the exterior of the building and it's surroundings are very pleasant, the interior was a little drab with some standard furniture and unremarkable décor. Given that it was a sunny day, we were able to take our drinks outside where there are a number of tables and chairs arranged on the street which made for good people watching.
There were three ales available, including a couple of local beers. Tunbridge Wells Sovereign Blonde, Larkin's Best Bitter and Sharps Doom Bar were on in addition to some less common lagers like Staropramen and Hoegaarden as well as Stowford Press Cider. Service was quick and efficient and my pint of Sovereign Blonde was in pretty good condition.
Not a great pub, but certainly a good enough bet for a nice pint.

On 23rd July 2010 - rating: 6
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